Serafina Dwyer, Alex Heberling, Alisa Vaniushkina, Deanna, Gisele Jobateh, Jennifer Doyle, K. Guillory, Kori Michele, Laurel Varian, Lisa Eisenberg, Niki Smith, Sara Goetter, Sarah Winifred Searle, Savannah Horrocks, Taylor Robin, Victoria Winters, Alice Fox,
Love in All Forms: The Big Book of Growing Up Queerby: Serafina Dwyer, Alex Heberling, Alisa Vaniushkina, Deanna, Gisele Jobateh, Jennifer Doyle, K. Guillory, Kori Michele, Laurel Varian, Lisa Eisenberg, Niki Smith, Sara Goetter, Sarah Winifred Searle, Savannah Horrocks, Taylor Robin, Victoria Winters, Alice Fox,
Love in All Forms is a children’s comic anthology edited by Serafina Dwyer, owner of indie comic publisher Rosey Fables. The purpose of the book is not only to tell great stories, but to more fully represent queer children in children’s media
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Love in All Forms is a children’s comic anthology edited by Serafina Dwyer, owner of indie comic publisher Rosey Fables.
The purpose of the book is not only to tell great stories, but to more fully represent queer children in children’s media. We hope that children will read this book and feel less alone, and we hope that this book will encourage parents and families to talk more openly about gender identity and sexual orientation with the children in their lives. We also wish to humanize the queer experience to kids who are not queer so we can promote understanding and kindness.
Love in All Forms is planned to be a series of children’s comic anthologies that explore the various facets of queerness, self expression, and love. The Big Book of Growing Up Queer is the first in the series, with a second book currently in the planning stages.
Cover art by Alice Fox.
Rated 4.00 out of 5QU33R by: Rob Kirby, David Kelly, Rick Worley, Justin Hall, Jon Macy, Steve MacIsaac, Craig Bostick, Jennifer Camper, Tyler Cohen, Howard Cruse, Diane DiMassa, Kris Dresen, Dylan “NDR” Edwards, Michael Fahy, Edie Fake, Nicole J. Georges, Terrance Griep, Andy Hartzell, Ed Luce, MariNaomi, Carrie McNinch, Annie Murphy, L. Nichols, Jose-Luis Olivares, Eric Orner, Carlo Quispe, Marian Runk, Christine Smith, Sina Sparrow, Sasha Steinberg, Ivan Velez, Jr., Amanda Verwey, Eric Kostiuk Williams, $9.99 – $39.99
Winner of the 2014 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology!
QU33R, from editor Rob Kirby, features 241 pages of new comics from 33 contributors—legends and new faces alike.
In 2012, Justin Hall edited a book called No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, that took readers on a journey from the beginnings of LGBT comics history to the present day. QU33R is an all-new project featuring queer comics legends as well as new talents that picks up where No Straight Lines left off. We’ve set down our history, now QU33R shines a light on our future!
QU33R had its genesis in an all-color queer comic zine called THREE, which featured three stories by three creators or teams per issue. Rob Kirby published three installments of THREE annually from 2010 to 2012, and the series did well, garnering not only an Ignatz nomination for Outstanding Anthology or Collection but also earning Rob the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant in 2011.
Producing the anthology was immensely gratifying, but featuring just three comics and publishing only once per year meant a lot of cartoonists weren’t getting the exposure they deserved. The publishing opportunities for queer cartoonists and queer subject matter are still limited, even today, and Rob longed for a wider distribution than he was able to manage on his own. He approached Northwest Press about doing a bigger compendium of all-new work.
While THREE was happening, Justin Hall was preparing his book No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which Fantagraphics published in the summer of 2012. No Straight Lines traced the history of queer comics from their humble beginnings in the late 60’s/early 70’s all the way up to the present. The book was a whopping, award-winning success. Rob got to thinking that a follow-up volume—a sort-of-sequel focusing on all new work—would seal the deal, informing the world at large that we are still here, still queer, and still producing fresh and innovative work. He wanted to include not only several queer comics veterans, but also some fresh new faces and a few folks who haven’t necessarily belonged to the orthodox “queer comics scene” but have been doing non-heteronormative work all along.
QU33R features over 240 pages of new comics from a cross-generational lineup of award-winning LGBTQ cartoonists.
Minnie #1 by: Margreet de Heer $2.99
Minnie is queer and carefree—she’s not even fazed much by her mother, who refuses to understand why her daughter can’t patch things up with her ex-boyfriend.
At the beginning of the series, we learn how Minnie leaves Ruben for Mia and discovers the pleasures of love with a woman—like cheering on the cast of The L Word and going to meetings of FemFist together.
She meets Mia’s two mothers and cuts a few not-so-understanding acquaintances from her address book. She comes out at work and discovers “the scene”, where she is scrutinized by her lover’s ex. And, of course, she gets reintroduced to sex and finds out she’ll never have to fake her orgasms again.
Minnie enjoys considerable success in the Netherlands, where she has appeared in lesbian magazine Zij aan Zij since 2004. Now, she plans to take on the world!
Rated 4.00 out of 5The Legend of Bold Riley #2 by: Leia Weathington, Zack Giallongo, Terry Blas, Victoria Grace Elliott, $2.99 – $4.99
Bold Riley, still reeling from a tragic loss, continues southward with no real destination or purpose. On the desolate Broken Head Moors, she’s rescued from a terrible storm by an aged weaver whose fantastic tapestries may foretell the shape of what’s to come.
Written by Leia Weathington with art by Zack Giallongo, a pinup by Victoria Grace Elliott, and a cover by Terry Blas.
Rated 4.29 out of 5Anything That Loves by: Charles “Zan” Christensen, Adam Pruett, Agnes Czaja, Alex Dahm, Amy T. Falcone, Ashley Cook, Bill Roundy, Caroline Hobbs, Ellen Forney, Erika Moen, Jason A. Quest, Jason Thompson, John Lustig, Jon Macy, Josh Trujillo, Dave Valeza, Kate Leth, Kevin Boze, Leanne Franson, Leia Weathington, Lena Chandhok, Margreet de Heer, MariNaomi, Maurice Vellekoop, Melaina, Mike Sullivan, Nick Leonard, Powflip, Randall Kirby, Roberta Gregory, Sam Orchard, Sonya Saturday, Stasia Burrington, Steve Orlando, Tania Walker, Tara Avery, Zoe Chevat, $9.99 – $29.99
“Why don’t you just come out already?”
“How can you be bi if you’re married?”
“You’ll do it with anything that moves.”
For all their differences, gay and straight people are often united in their problems with bisexuality. People who follow their hearts wherever they lead, regardless of gender, are still usually met with disbelief and suspicion.
From confessional, personal accounts to erotic flights of fancy to undersea identity politics, this collection of comics invites the reader to step outside of the categories and explore the wild and wonderful uncharted territory between “gay” and “straight”.
Featuring comics and illustrations by Adam Pruett, Agnes Czaja, Alex Dahm, Amy T. Falcone, Ashley Cook & Caroline Hobbs, Bill Roundy, Ellen Forney, Erika Moen, Jason A. Quest, Jason Thompson, John Lustig, Jon Macy, Josh Trujillo & Dave Valeza, Kate Leth, Kevin Boze, Leanne Franson, Leia Weathington, Lena H. Chandhok, Margreet de Heer, MariNaomi, Maurice Vellekoop, Melaina, Nick Leonard, Powflip, Randall Kirby, Roberta Gregory, Sam Orchard, Sonya Samantha Saturday, Stasia Burrington, Steve Orlando, Tania Walker, and Tara Madison Avery & Mike Sullivan.
Featuring an introduction by editor Charles “Zan” Christensen and a foreword by PoMoSexuals author Carol Queen, PhD.
Royalties from the sale of this book are being donated to Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization that’s been helping LGBT comics, creators, and readers for over ten years!
Check out a discussion panel with the editor and some contributors from Emerald City Comic-Con 2013…
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